Video from Iranian television of the monkey that Iran says it launched into space.
Over the last few days there has been some confusion about Iran’s claims that they sent a monkey into space and returned it to earth alive, after it was noted by some journalists that images of two different monkeys had been used in press releases.
The speculation that Iran was actually trying to cover up a failed flight emerged when it was noted that the monkey that appeared in the initial reports released by state-run news organizations had a prominent mole over its right eye. The monkey that appeared in the post-flight celebratory pictures however did not have such a facial feature!
Now though, Mohammad Ebrahimi, a senior official from Iran’s space agency has confirmed that the launch did take place and was successful and cites a mix up by the press agency for the two different monkeys used in the images.
A report on simian space travel broadcast on Monday on Press TV, Iran’s state-run news channel.
The second monkey was featured in a Press TV report broadcast on Tuesday.
Ebrahimi told the AP in Tehran that the first images provided to the news outlet mistakenly showed another of the 5 monkeys that had received training at the space agency. Of these 5, the one which showed the least stress in the training would be the one sent in to space, however the press agency released the image of a monkey that was not chosen to take the trip!
Apparently however, the AP reporter’s request to see both the monkeys (as proof that they were both alive and well) was denied.
Source: New York Times